By Matt Farr
Leeds United assistant manager Pep Clotet is set to depart the club, and fans on Twitter are disappointed to see him go.
The Championship club are set for a drastic overhaul of the backroom team at Elland Road in the coming days, following the appointment of a new manager in Thomas Christiansen.
The 44-year-old was named as the new Leeds United head coach on Friday, bringing to an end a prolonged search for a suitable successor to the departed Garry Monk, who quit at the end of May.
He was officially unveiled by the club on Monday afternoon, where it was also revealed that several members of Leeds’ backroom staff would be leaving their roles at the club to accommodate Christiansen’s own colleagues.
Leeds director of football Victor Orta confirmed that Clotet, 40, who served as assistant manager to Monk, would be one of the figures departing the club.
He said, as cited by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account that ‘Clotet and the rest of Garry Monk’s backroom team are leaving the club.’
Orta: Pep Clotet and the rest of Garry Monk's backroom team are leaving the club. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 19, 2017
But Orta also indicated that he expects Clotet to join Monk at Middlesbrough, alongside departing Leeds coaches James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan.
Yet while staff departures are common when a new manager is unveiled, Leeds fans took to social media to express their disappointment at the imminent departure of the Spaniard.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Losing Clotet is a mistake #Lufc
— Ben (@ben080385) June 19, 2017
No howson no Bartley no clotet:(
— jake (@lufc_16) June 19, 2017
Really disappointed with Clotet leaving. The pe fact man to bridge a gap between last seasons triumphs with this squad. Shocking #lufc
— Ryan Ingham (@RyanIngham14) June 19, 2017
Hmm, some of Orta's comments aren't the most inspiring. Super disappointed Clotet has left. #lufc
— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) June 19, 2017
Disappointing to lose Clotet, actually showed us some loyalty unlike Monk #lufc
— Ryan (@ryancalderr) June 19, 2017
This is a shame, would have liked Clotet to stay. https://t.co/4W4iOuFrVP
— Andrew Durant (@Duzzer_lufc) June 19, 2017
WILL DEFO MISS @pepclotet
— Rochdale Pete (@pete67_LUFC) June 19, 2017
— RightInTheGaryKellys (@RITGK) June 19, 2017
Christiansen is instead set to work alongside Julio Banuelos, who was his assistant at both his previous clubs, AEK Larnaca and APOEL.
In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has revealed his targets for the upcoming Championship campaign.